The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat by Vali Nasr
Sontag: Reborn a play adapted and performed by Moe Angelos, directed by Marianne Weems
Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted by Andrew Wilson
American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath by Carl Rollyson
New and Selected Poems: 1962–2012 by Charles Simic
Dime-Store Alchemy: The Art of Joseph Cornell by Charles Simic
The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend by Glenn Frankel
Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas by Eric Fischl and Michael Stone
The Throne of Adulis: Red Sea Wars on the Eve of Islam by G.W. Bowersock
Empires in Collision in Late Antiquity by G.W. Bowersock
The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran: Rural Revolt and Local Zoroastrianism by Patricia Crone
Queen Bee of Tuscany: The Redoubtable Janet Ross by Ben Downing
Something in the Air a film by Olivier Assayas
Une adolescence dans l’après-Mai: Lettre à Alice Debord by Olivier Assayas
Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Selected Letters of Willa Cather edited by Andrew Jewell and Janis Stout
The Good, the True, and the Beautiful: A Neuronal Approach by Jean-Pierre Changeux, translated from the French and revised by Laurence Garey
On Constitutional Disobedience by Louis Michael Seidman
Ambition, a History: From Vice to Virtue by William Casey King
Satantango by László Krasznahorkai, translated from the Hungarian by George Szirtes
Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) was a German political theorist who, over the course of many books, explored themes such as violence, revolution, and evil. Her major works include The Origins of Totalitarianism, The Human Condition, and the controversial Eichmann in Jerusalem, in which she coined the phrase “the banality of evil.”
Alfred Brendel is a pianist and author of several books of essays and poetry. His new book, A Pianist’s A–Z: A Piano Lover’s Reader, in which the text in this issue will appear, will be published in September. (July 2013)
David Bromwich is Sterling Professor of English at Yale. His two new books, The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence and Moral Imagination, a collection of his essays, were published earlier this year. (August 2014)
Peter Brown is Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton. His most recent book is Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350–550 AD. (December 2013)
Michael Chabon is the author of several books, including The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Klay, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son and most recently, Telegraph Avenue.
David Cole is the Honorable George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center. He is the award-winning author of several books, including The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable (2009), Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror (with Jules Lobel, 2007) and Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism (2003) He has been awarded an Open Society Foundation Fellowship for 2012–2013 to write his next book, on the role of civil society in enforcing constitutional rights.
Joshua Hammer is a former Newsweek bureau chief and correspondent-at-large in Africa and the Middle East. His new book, Taking Timbuktu, will be published next year. His report in this issue was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. (May 2014)
Hermione Lee is President of Wolfson College, Oxford, and the author of biographies of Virginia Woolf and Edith Wharton. Her biography of Penelope Fitzgerald will be published later in 2014. (May 2014)
George Orwell (1903–1950) was the author of Animal Farm and 1984, among many other works of fiction and journalism. dwight macdonald was an editor of Partisan Review and the founder, during World War II, of the magazine Politics, which he edited at the time of his correspondence with Orwell. Peter Davison edited the twenty volumes of Orwell’s Complete Works, the Facsimile Edition of the Manuscript of 1984, and The Lost Orwell.
Luc Sante is the author of Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings, and Folk Photography. He has translated Félix Fénéon’s Novels in Three Lines and written the introduction to George Simenon’s The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (both available as NYRB Classics). He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College.
Adam Thirlwell is the author of two novels, Politics and The Escape; a novella, Kapow!; an essay-book, The Delighted States, winner of a Somerset Maugham Award; and a compendium of translations edited for McSweeney’s. He has twice been selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. His new novel, Lurid & Cute, will be published in 2015.
Martin Wolf is Chief Economics Commentator of the Financial Times. His article in this issue is an expanded version of a talk given at a symposium in Oxford sponsored by The New York Review and St. Antony’s College, and then posted on the Financial Times website. (July 2013)